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National Botanic Garden

National Botanic Gradens, Windhoek © Thomas.macmillan
National Botanic Gradens, Windhoek © Thomas.macmillan

The National Botanic Garden of Namibia is a 12 hectare (30 acre) nature reserve in the heart of Windhoek, where tourists can hike, picnic, and learn about the country's fascinating plant life. The small nature reserve only opened to the public in the 1990s. The gardens are great for birdwatching, with lists of plants and birds found in the reserve available at reception. Guided tours are also in operation but should be booked in advance. The gardens can get very dry in winter, between June and September, and are at their most splendid when the plants are lush and in bloom during the rainy season, which is the best time to visit.

Website: www.nbri.org.na/?id=51

Opening times: Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm. First Saturday of every month: 8am to 11am.